Monday, May 5, 2014
10:20 AM weapon
The AS-90 was first deployed by the British Army in 1993. 179 AS-90s were acquired to re-equip six of the eight self-propelled field artillery regiments (each 24 guns) in the 1 (BR) Corps, replacing the 105 mm FV433 Abbot SPG and older M109 155 mm Self Propelled Gun. It remains in UK service and will equip three field regiments supporting armoured infantry brigades for the foreseeable future.
AS-90 was designed and built by the Armaments division of Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering (VSEL), whose parent company became BAE Systems in 1999. VSEL provided 179 vehicles between 1992 and 1995 at a cost of £300 million ($480 million USD).
The AS-90 underwent a capability enhancement program in 2008 and 2009, primarily relating to upgrades of the AS-90's electronic system.
In 1999, Marconi Electronic Systems was contracted to upgrade British Army AS-90s to include a 52 calibre gun in order to increase the range of the artillery. Critical to the program was a bi-modular charge system from Somchem of South Africa (selected after extensive trials of ammunition from many suppliers), which offered greatly reduced barrel wear. However, this ammunition failed to meet the requirement for insensitive munitions and the project was terminated. more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AS-90
10:07 AM weapon
The M109 is an American-made self-propelled 155 mm howitzer, first introduced in the early 1960s. It wasupgraded a number of times to today's M109A6 Paladin. The M109 family is the most common Western indirect-fire support weapon of maneuver brigades of armored and mechanized infantry divisions.
The M109 has a crew of six: the section chief, the driver, the gunner, the assistant gunner and two ammunition handlers. The gunner aims the cannon left or right (deflection), the assistant gunner aims the cannon up and down (quadrant). The M109A6 Paladin needs only a crew of four: the commander, driver, gunner and ammunition loader. The British Army replaced its M109s with the AS-90. Several European armed forces have or are currently replacing older M109s with the German PzH 2000. Upgrades to the
M109 were introduced by the U.S. (see variants below) and by Switzerland (KAWEST). With the cancellation of the U.S. Crusader, the Paladin remains the principal self-propelled howitzer for the U.S. for the foreseeable future. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M109_howitzer
9:28 AM weapon
No agreements exist on the delivery of Russian Antey-2500 surface-to-air missile systems in replacement of the S-300 missile systems, said Anatoly Isaikin, general director of the Russian state arms trader Rosoboronexport.
"It is difficult to say anything. I would be able to talk about this if agreements had been or will be signed. There are none for now," Isaikin said when asked whether Antey-2500 systems could be delivered to Iran in replacement of S-300 systems. Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said at the end of July that Antey-2500 systems' deliveries to Iran in replacement of S-300s could be discussed in the context of Tehran's suit against Russia. "We are in talks to weight options in the context of Iran's suit. The issue [of Antey-2500 systems' deliveries in replacement of S-300s] could be raised," the Iranian ambassador told journalists then.
Sajjadi told Interfax in June that Iran would withdraw its suit from the Geneva arbitration court over Russia's failure to deliver S-300 missile systems, if Russia honors the corresponding contract. Moscow and Tehran signed a contract for the delivery of S-300 systems in 2007. Israel and the United States protested against the implementation of this contract.
The UN Security Council adopted a fourth resolution spelling out sanctions against Iran in June 2010. It imposed the first ever curb on conventional weapons deliveries to Tehran, including missiles and missile systems, tanks, assault helicopters, warplanes and warships. Russia said that the sanctions covered the contract with Tehran for the delivery of S-300 missile systems, developed and made by Almaz-Antey Concern.
Dmitry Medvedev, the then president, signed a decree on September 22 2010 on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1929 of June 9 2010 and Russia annulled the S-300 contacts with Tehran on October 7. Iran filed a $4 billion suit with the Geneva international arbitration court against Rosoboronexport protesting the failure of the S-300 contract.
Voice of Russia, Interfax
8:53 AM weapon
Over the next few weeks, some 200 handpicked journalists from all over the world will have the opportunity to try out Ferrari’s latest creation, the new FF sports car. Usually, a Ferrari presentation of this kind would take place at a race circuit, but not this time as Maranello chose the Plan De Corones ski resort in Italy to tout its new four-seater model’s all-wheel drive capabilities.
Being that the ski resort can only be reached by ski-lifts, Ferrari commissioned the help of the Italian air force to transport the two press cars at the top of Plan De Corones at 2,350 metres. A CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter from Viterbo’s 1st Regiment Antares and three Agusta 205 helicopters from the 4th Regiment Altair from the Italian air force in Bolzano, assisted Ferrari in moving the cars to the Dolomites. You can watch the air-lift in the video after the break.
more info http://www.carscoops.com/2011/03/video-ferrari-drops-ff-press-cars-at.html
Sunday, April 27, 2014
5:59 AM weapon
The .22 rimfire handgun will never look the same. The P22 changed everything. Walther adapted the tactical styling and Performance Design concepts from our centerfire handguns and applied them to the .22 L.R. This created a new movement in the design of contemporary rimfire handguns and an explosion of imitators. As a stylish, fun gun to own, the P22 is at home on the shooting range, around the camp or in a museum of modern art. More Hand Gun P22 Design
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7:56 AM weapon
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky submitted the S-70 design for the United States Army's Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) competition in 1972. The Army designated the prototype as the YUH-60A and selected the Black Hawk as the winner of the program in 1976, after a fly-off competition with the Boeing Vertol YUH-61.
The UH-60A entered service with the U.S. Army in 1979, to replace the Bell UH-1 Iroquois as the Army's tactical transport helicopter. This was followed by the fielding of electronic warfare and special operations variants of the Black Hawk. Improved UH-60L and UH-60M utility variants have also been developed. Modified versions have also been developed for the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. In addition to U.S. Army use, the UH-60 family has been exported to several nations. Black Hawks have served in combat during conflicts in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and other areas in the Middle East. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikorsky_UH-60_Black_Hawk
7:46 AM weapon
Military Coast Guard A military is an organization authorized by its greater society or the state to use lethal force, usually including use of weapons, in defending its country or state institutions by combating actual or perceived threats. The military may have additional functions of use to its greater society, such as advancing a political agenda e.g. military junta, supporting or promoting economic expansion through imperialism, and as a form of internal social control. As an adjective the term "military" is also used to refer to any property or aspect of a military. Militaries often function as societies within societies, by having their own military communities.
The profession of soldiering as part of a military is older than recorded history itself. Some of the most enduring images of the classical antiquity portray the power and feats of its military leaders. The Battle of Kadesh in 1274 BC was one of the defining points of Pharaoh Ramesses II's reign and is celebrated in bas-relief on his monuments. A thousand years later the first emperor of unified China, Qin Shi Huang, was so determined to impress the gods with his military might that he was buried with an army of terracotta soldiers. The Romans were dedicated to military matters, leaving to posterity many treatises and writings as well as a large number of lavishly carved triumphal arches and victory columns.
7:32 AM weapon
TOS-1A In Exercise Parade TankTOS-1 (Russian: ТОС-1 - тяжёлая огнемётная система, English: Heavy Flame Thrower System) is a Soviet 220mm 30-barrel (original system, Ob.634 or TOS-1M) or 24-barrel (Ob.634B or TOS-1A) multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis. TOS-1 was designed for defeating enemy personnel in fortifications, in open country, and in lightly armoured vehicles and transport. First combat tests took place in 1988-1989 in the Panjshir Valley during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. The TOS-1 was shown for the first time in public in 1999 in Omsk.
5:20 AM weapon
Angara Rocket Mock-Up Installed on the Launch Pad RIA Novosti – A full-scale mock-up of Russia’s first large post-Soviet rocket has been rolled out to a launch pad at the Plesetsk space center.
The mock-up of the Angara, built by the Khrunichev aerospace research and production center, will be used to test ground support systems ahead of the maiden launch of the vehicle scheduled for later this year.
The Angara is expected to launch both government and commercial satellites either as a single rocket or in several configurations of booster stages clustered together for heavier payloads.
The modular launcher will be able to cover a wide range of payload classes now served by rockets built by a number of Russian manufacturers, including the Proton, the country’s largest booster.
The engine developed for the Angara will burn kerosene and liquid oxygen, which is deemed by an order of magnitude more environmentally friendly than the toxic hydrazine used in the Proton.
The environmental impact of that rocket has soured relations between Russia and Kazakhstan, which leases the Baikonur space center to Russia for $115 million per year.
Russia is building a launch complex for the Angara at the country’s new Vostochny space center in the Far East to reduce dependence on Kazakhstan for space launches.
The Angara will complement the country’s venerable Soyuz manned rocket, currently the only vehicle in the world capable of launching astronauts to the International Space Station.
Last month, Oleg Ostapenko, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, said that a decision would be made in the near future about building a new super-heavy rocket that would be, in its expanded form, the largest in world history.
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Monday, April 21, 2014
7:02 AM weapon
Strategic Reconnaissance aircraft
The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. Wikipedia Top speed: 2,200 mph (3,540 km/h)
Unit cost: 33,000,000–33,000,000 USD (1966)
Engine type: Pratt & Whitney J58
Designer: Kelly Johnson
Manufacturers: Lockheed Corporation, Skunk Works
6:57 AM weapon
A machine gun is a fully automatic mounted or portable firearm, usually designed to fire bullets in quick succession from an ammunition belt or magazine, typically at a rate of several hundred rounds per minute. Machine guns are generally categorized as submachine guns, machine guns, or autocannons. Submachine guns are hand-held small portable automatic weapons for personal defense or short-range combat firing pistol-caliber rounds. A machine gun is often portable to a certain degree, but is generally used when attached to a mount or fired from the ground on a bipod, and generally fires a rifle cartridge. Light machine guns are small enough to be fired and are hand-held like a rifle, but are more effective when fired from a prone position. The difference between machine guns and autocannons is based on caliber, with autocannons using calibers larger than 16 mm. Another factor is whether the gun fires conventional rounds or explosive rounds. Guns firing large-caliber explosive rounds are generally considered either autocannons or automatic grenade launchers ("grenade machine guns"). In contrast to submachine guns and autocannons, machine guns (like rifles) tend to share the characteristic of a very high ratio of barrel length to caliber (a long barrel for a small caliber); indeed, a true machine gun is essentially a fully automatic rifle, and often the primary criterion for a machine gun as opposed to an automatic rifle is the presence of a quick-change barrel or other cooling system (see below). In United States gun law, machine gun is a technical term for any fully automatic firearm, and also for any component or part that will modify an existing firearm such that it functions as a fully automatic firearm.
6:41 AM weapon
Air superiority fighter The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter designed by McDonnell Douglas to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. Wikipedia Length: 64' (19 m) Wingspan: 43' (13 m) First flight: July 27, 1972 Introduced: January 9, 1976 Unit cost: 28,000,000–30,000,000 USD (1998) Engine type: Pratt & Whitney F100 Manufacturers: McDonnell Douglas, Boeing Defense, Space & Security